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Sweet William is a breathtakingly dark thriller that spans forty-eight hours in the life of a desperate father and a three-year-old child in peril, who needs insulin to stay alive. It tells a story of mental illness, a foster family under pressure, and an angry father separated from his adored little boy.

Brilliant and terrifying, this is a debut novel whose impact will linger long beyond the chase and its shattering climax.

… RUN!

REVIEWS OF Sweet William

“If you’re looking for a thriller that’s both gripping and moving, Sweet William is the book for you. Set over a breathtaking 48 hours, it documents the actions of a desperate father willing to go to any lengths to be with his young diabetic son. It begins with the man’s daring escape from a secure psychiatric unit and the pace never lets up until the book reaches its dramatic climax. Author Iain Maitland is a journalist with a track record of writing about mental health and his knowledge and expertise come across on every page.  Taut, darkly humorous and heartbreaking all at the same time, with an unforgettable narrator, Sweet William packs a real emotional punch.” Lisa Gray, Daily Record Book Club Read more

"Extremely well written and very frightening." Barbara Nadel

"A breathless journey through fear and love that explores how interdependent those two extreme emotions are." Ewan Morrison

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  • Rights: UK and Commonwealth
  • BIC code(s): FF, FA
  • BISAC code(s): FIC019000

Sweet William

About the author

Iain Maitland

Iain Maitland is the author of Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016), a moving book of letters written to his son, who suffered from depression and anorexia. Iain is an ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, and gives regular talks about mental health issues in the workplace. A writer since 1987, he is a journalist and has written more than 50 books, mainly on business, which have been published around the world.

Praise for Dear Michael – Love Dad

“Intriguing … heartbreaking.” Susie Mesure, Telegraph

“A wonderfully entertaining and moving book.” John Harding, Daily Mail

“By turns acidly funny, exasperating and poignant, painting a moving portrait both of mental illness and of a father in denial. But paternal love… shines through.” Caroline Sanderson, Sunday Express

“Wonderful, moving, humorous … extremely poignant.” Charlie Mortimer, Dear Lupin